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Difference in the salary of an IAS and IPS

Jyoti Sharma

Being an IAS, IPS or IFS officer is a privilege in itself. They are considered to the flag bearer of Indian Democracy. IAS and IPS officers have different but specific roles in the executive management where an IPS is often in charge of the Law and order situation in the district. But even if the role of an IPS is not less than any IAS officer but the designation and salary difference remains.

Salary, Perks, facilities of an IAS Officer

Here, in the following article, we have tried to describe the difference in the pay scale of IAS and IPS officers according to the designation and post.

IAS Salary:

An IAS officer's salary structure consists of different Pay Scales: Junior Scale, Senior Scales, Super Time Scale, Above Super Time Scales etc. Each of the pay scales further consists of different pay bands. IAS officers may also be entitled to HRA (40% of Basic or official accommodation), DA (the DA has increased from 72% in 2012 to 107% of Basic Salary in 2015), TA etc. DA is revised on half yearly (January and July every year) basis depending on the inflation index.

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Apart from the satisfaction and pride of serving the country, the job of an IAS officer comes with a host of other perks and facilities that even CEO’s of private companies can’t expect.

IAS Officers Salary according to the 7th pay commission is given in the below table:  

       7th Pay Commission


Pay Scale

Grade Pay

Years of Service Required


Junior Scale

50,000 - 1,50,000



Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years probation)

Senior Time Scale

50,000 - 1,50,001


5 years

District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry

Junior Administrative Grade

50,000 - 1,50,002


9 years

Special Secretary or the Head of Various Government Departments

Selection Grade

1,00,000 - 2,00,000


12 to 15  years

Secretary to a Ministry

Super Time Scale

1,00,000 - 2,00,000


17 to 20 years

Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government

Above Super Time Scale

1,00,000 - 2,00,000




Apex Scale

2,25,000 (Fixed)



Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India

Cabinet Secretary Grade

2,50,000 (Fixed)



Cabinet Secretary of India

IPS Salary:

The police force is a place where you really can make a difference to society at all levels. While the IAS is a generalist service, the IPS focuses exclusively on matters of law and order although this provides for a wider canvass to perform than most of us might think. A police officer could be doing anything from organizing traffic duties to managing the regulations to drive the commercial and civil life and protecting the lives and property of citizens.

Appraisal of an IPS

The job profile of an IPS can never be defined as he does a lot of work like he leads all security commands, maintains peace, security for VIP’s, manages disaster and crisis, implements the Laws at the regional level, prevent even the economic offences, Commanding Police Forces and collaborating with the Indian Army.

IPS Officers Salary according to the 7th pay commission is given in the below table:  

Other Perks:

IAS and IPS officers also enjoy several other benefits in the form of PF, Gratuity, Healthcare services, lifetime pension, residence, service quarter, transportation, household staff, study leave and several other retirement benefits. These are just some of the major perks and facilities that are enjoyed by IAS and IPS officers in India.


Broadly speaking, IAS and IPS officers are responsible for the maintenance of law and order, revenue administration and general administration in the area under them. The major reason for having a permanent lobby of bureaucrats is that they act as an intermediate between public and government by good execution and deliverance skills.

Salary, Perks, Powers of the IAS and IPS services are some of the motivators for the IAS Preparation. Facilities provided to an IPS, IAS and IFS Officers are among the best facilities in the country. Being an IAS, IPS or IFS officer is a matter of pride in itself. However, despite all the powers and prestige that the post of these officers brings to the table; the salary scale varies among them. This can also be noted that civil servants including the top ranking all-India service officer including IAS, IPS or IFS officers earn relatively lower salaries compared to their counterparts in private sector.

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